Murray Blake

London food blogger

MEATliqour

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74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA
Nearest tube: Bond Street
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A lot has been already been written about MEATliquor, both online and in the printed press; common themes include long queues, obscenely loud music and decor that tries hard to be offensive (……but the burgers are great).  I went on a freezing Monday night so thankfully I didn’t need to queue for too long (circa 20 minutes) – there was no hand stamping regime to manage the queues but there was a very grumpy bouncer manning the front door.  The dining room is hot, dark, very noisy and slightly chaotic, with bizarre anti-capitalist decor that looks as if it has been produced by a trendy design agency.  On entering, you are ushered to the bar to wait again and enjoy a cocktail (the waitress forgot about us so we waited a bit longer than usual – I suggest you badger her until she offers you a table).  The menu is very simple – it is a selection of ten burgers, a chilli dog and chicken wings (all reasonably priced at £6.50 to £8).  There are four kinds of chips (fries) ranging from unadorned to “Phili” which drapes them in steak, onions, mushrooms and cheese.  I chose the Dead Hippie: apparently the name derives from visits the chef made to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert – an event that attracts a lot of brain dead hippies.  It consisted of two beef burgers, cheese, pickles and finely chopped white onions, all piled between a light sticky bun.  The burgers were perfectly cooked with a rich pinkness in their centre – the mince was fresh and fatty, lending a beautifully moist finish.  It is certainly one of the best burgers I have eaten in London.  The fries and slaw were acceptable and nothing more than that, but the onion rings were really fantastic – they were sweet and tangy, housed in a light batter.

Verdict: Just about the best burgers in town.

Dead Hippie.

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Dead Hippie, Slaw, Cheese Fries and Onion Rings.

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Also see: Samphire and Salsify, The Trishaw and Tuck & Vine.

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